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  • Summary: Featuring a powerful single-player campaign, along with multiple online multiplayer modes,
    BlackSite: Area 51 delivers vicious combat action, next generation graphics and A.I., and a plethora of powerful weapons and vehicles. Set in present day, players take the role of a decorated
    military veteran charged by the government to lead a squadron of "secret soldiers," each with his/her own specialty skill set, into the Rachel, Nevada area to fight off the invasion of unidentified enemy races. The player’s modern-day emotions and fears are driven into a world charged with grave responsibility affecting lives hanging in the balance and eventually finding himself torn between his professional orders and his own ethical standards. In the end, only the actions of the player and his squad can shape the outcome of BlackSite: Area 51 during this potentially pivotal moment in history. [Midway] Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 23
  2. Negative: 5 out of 23
  1. If you're looking for a ground-breaking experience or a robust selection of multiplayer modes- Blacksite's don't offer much more than a weekend distraction--this isn't it. However, if you find the idea of fighting aliens in your own backyard appealing, you won't do better than Blacksite's relatable, the-truth-is-out-there experience.
  2. 75
    The controls are silky smooth and responsive, the visuals are fantastic, and the multi-player is certainly proficient, but nothing really makes it stand out from the herd.
  3. 62
    Just like every other run-of-the-mill FPS out there. You can find better multiplayer in Resistance, you can find a better storyline in The Orange Box, and you can find a livelier environment in just about anything. The game underperforms in every aspect.
  4. BlackSite on PS3 will suffer the same fate as the Xbox 360 version, being a game made without enthusiasm, and crammed with problems that seriously hurt its ambitions.
  5. It has some great ideas, but ruins them with mediocre shooting and a truly shocking frame-rate. [Apr 2008, p.76]
  6. The shooting at the core of the game is pretty solid, but that doesn't count for much when every complex set-piece cripples its engine. [Apr 2008, p.102]
  7. The combat is very predictable and lacks any notiable originality.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 9
  2. Negative: 0 out of 9
  1. JerryM.
    Feb 25, 2008
    Excellent, best ever AI, 3D graphics that rival Crysis, just buy it.
  2. LeoD.
    Feb 14, 2008
    Say all you want! Blacksite is just one of the best FPS shooters there is. Perhaps you may not have known, but because of the schedule and pressure, this game turned out just like that. But it is still fun to play, and it is not repetitive unlike Resistance! Expand
  3. SonictheHedhehog
    Dec 10, 2007
    A good FPS that have all the elements if you need in this type of game.
  4. MasJ.
    Jan 13, 2008
    One of the few people on the planet to have played this game and finished it. It not bad for a beta version. Your squad mates could use some AI so they don't stand infront of your face grinning at you in the middle of a fire fight, some rough graphics to smooth up and some of your squad mates just disappear into thin air after running ahead of you. Expand
  5. gamer24none
    Dec 16, 2007
    A few very nice 3-D components, but meshed with a ton of bad 2D simulated 3D objects, a stupid A.I. and lack of realistic effects, makes this a half-baked game. Expand
  6. Oct 17, 2011
    Normally a 5 is a terrible rating but despite giving a 5 to this game its a fairly decent game. The game has numerous problems and seems incomplete yet it is still fully playable and easily finished so I guess if you can pick it up dirt cheap it still may be worth your time. I paid $3 and I'd say this game is ok for maybe $8 or less then throw away, give away, use as a coaster? Basically this game feels largely unfinished or as a beta but at least there are areas of great science fiction and some good areas of combat. The game is extremely easy, probably the easiest shooter I've ever played. I guess I'd recommend it to those who have problems with other shooters. It is very short and easily finishable, maybe about a 4 hr game on hard. I encountered audio drops and load stalls but these were mostly annoying. As much as i butchered the rating on this game i'd still say at least i had fun for my $3 purchase. Expand
  7. Aug 26, 2013
    another boring repetitive and full of glitches FPS shooter it is so repetitive terrible graphics and boring story development and the enemy's as well are not good Expand

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